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Dystopia

Dystopia: Human = GarbageHuman = Garbage (1994)
Life Is Abuse

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This is the single most hateful, desperate, misanthropic punk album ever recorded, and every time you listen to it, it will hit you like a fucking shrapnel burst to the throat. There is some sick, twisted shit going on in Human = Garbage, and it really has to be heard to be believed. Dystopia plays .
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This is the single most hateful, desperate, misanthropic punk album ever recorded, and every time you listen to it, it will hit you like a fucking shrapnel burst to the throat. There is some sick, twisted shit going on in Human = Garbage, and it really has to be heard to be believed. Dystopia plays a mix of grind, crust, and sludge that somehow is the heaviest shit ever. I really don't want to do a track-by-track breakdown, but I feel like I need to get my inner fanboy on, so here goes.

The first five tracks on the CD are the actual Human = Garbage 12" tracks, and are all crust-core classics. The first track, "Stress Builds Character" begins with a rant from drummer/vocalist Dino, and it really lets you see inside his head. It's a wonder that Dino is still with us; the vocals are some of the most pained and bizarre that I've ever heard, and have more emotion than any of those third-rate "emo" bands y'all seem to love so much. Later in the song, guitarist Matt's vocals come in, but they're more of the stereotypical death grunt variety.

"Hands That Mold" is a typical Dystopia song, focusing on mankind's collective disregard for the environment. This song, arguably, best illustrates Dystopia's self-professed "Love Earth / Hate People" philosophy. "Sanctity" begins with sound samples of various suicides, eventually repeating the line "I can no longer endure the pain," and then segueing to Matt and Dino screaming "fear of life!." It's truly a powerful, and frightening moment.

"Ignorance of Pride" also begins with a fairly long sample, and I think it's about murder, or maybe drug abuse, and it's still a pretty hideous song. The last song on the original LP, "Love / Hate" is the scariest of all. It begins with some gutwrenching feedback, and then pulls out the samples of men talking about why they abused and murdered their wives and girlfriends. One even says, "I never hit her. I killed her, but I never hit her." Honestly, where do they find this kind of stuff? The most shocking, sickening moment comes when, amidst all the samples of abusive men, comes Kathleen Hanna's "We're Bikini Kill, and we want revolution girl-style now!." What was a triumphant moment in "Double Dare Ya" is turned into sadistic irony.

The non-album tracks, taken from Dystopia's splits with Embittered and Grief, round out the CD, but have even worse Cookie Monster vocals from a new vocalist, and are purely nonessential.

The art style has to be mentioned when talking about Dystopia. Taking influence from both the anarcho-punk collage art and inner-city graffiti culture, Dystopia blends images of societal decay, humanity's destruction of the planet, and some almost-illegible writing to create one of the best lyrics booklets ever.

Frankly, this album is a crust-metal classic, and deserves to be heard by everyone with an interest in the genre. It's the kind of record you don't want your parents to know you own, lest they send you in for counseling. Truly a sickening, painful, brutal album to listen to, but it is definitely an "emotional safety valve." Not something to listen to when you're in a good mood, but if you feel like beatin' the shit out of everyone you see (or worse) consider putting Human = Garbage on.

 

 
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LoveHate (October 19, 2010)

I literally made this account just to let you know where the majority of the samples from love//hate comes from. It's from the movie River's Edge with Dennis Hopper(put the gun right to the back of her head and blew her brains right out the front, I was in love) Keaneu Reeves (so maybe I am a killer, why should you care, you just stay around here to fuck my mother and eat her food, oh he moves, MOTHER FUCKER!!! FOOD EATER!!) and Daniel Roebuck is the craziest motherfucker of them all(I felt so real, she was dead there in front of me and I felt so fucking alive!!!). Check out the movie, its worth the 99 minutes.

As far as Dystopia goes, I will definitely have to agree with you about the fact that it is a death/crust/grind/whateverthefuckgenre classic. I've had a lot of bad shit go down in my life recently, and Dystopia, is without a doubt a way out of my own head. One thing though. You said the rest of the songs after love hate are all with their shitty second singer, Weeds of Wisdom sounds a hell of a lot like Dino singing in it to me. sure it's not him? Lastly, any band Dino was in/is in is amazing. From Carcinogen til Asunder, he has yet to disappoint. Except for the fact that he left Dystopia.

Jim_is_tired (September 9, 2008)

the most negative band ever

awesome fucking album, s/t is my fav. though

Sick_Nick (May 10, 2007)

dammit, i was this close from buying this... But i decided I had already spent enough money.......

feeding this was a great review keep on reviewing the real punk...

Anonymous (May 9, 2007)

"Actually, I listen to good emo bands.

Brush your teeth or something. Score is for you."

good emo bands? does not compute. you listen to jimmy eat world. when you really feel like listening to some "underground emo" do you throw on a starting line cd you putz?

Anonymous (May 9, 2007)

this is neat; the bass lines remind me of Rorschach.

inagreendase (May 9, 2007)

Why is this all the way at the bottom of the new reviews?

Because it's the oldest record of the new reviews.

Anonymous (May 8, 2007)

cannot get enough of this record

Anonymous (May 8, 2007)

Feeding: awesome review. If you can, pick up the actual 12". It is one sided and the flip is a sweeeeeeeeeet etching by Dino.

-Grandpa Ken

Anonymous (May 8, 2007)

Why is this all the way at the bottom of the new reviews?

Anonymous (May 8, 2007)

Well, they edited out my best line...it's like a school shooting on a 3" piece of plastic. Oh, and I bathe on leap-leap years; that's every fourth leap year for those of you out of the loop.
-feeeding5000

dreux (May 8, 2007)

Actually, I listen to good emo bands.

Brush your teeth or something. Score is for you.

xote (May 8, 2007)

yay

Anonymous (May 8, 2007)

probably not as heavy as Jou Hou, or PCP Tornado, but still incredibly amazing.

notfeelingcreative (May 8, 2007)

I'm glad feeding5000 is here to represent those of us wo only bathe on the 29th of February!

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